DORTMUND (May. 21)
The trial of seven leaders of the “Reich Movement,” a Nazi underground group active in the Ruhr area, has opened here with the defendants accused of distributing anti-Semitic and Nazi propaganda throughout the Ruhr from 1949 until their arrest last year. The most prominent of the defendants are Heinrich Vetter, former Deputy Chief of the Nazi Party in Southern Westphalia, and Dr. Otto Bouecke, one-time Nazi mayor of the industrial city of Luedenschied.
Meanwhile, a new move has been made to unite the numerous neo-Nazi splinter groups in West Germany with the organization of a “Reichsblock.” One of the leaders of this new group is Wolfgang Hedler, one-time deputy in the Bonn Parliament who was released from jail for Jew-baiting activities two months ago.